Let’s Make Social Media Social Again!

Let's Make Social Media Social Again!

“It is entertainment but not social…”

Being social on Social Media

A couple of years ago, before I started to read into how to grow your engagement on social media, I only used Facebook, Twitter and later Instagram to get my thoughts, my stories, my experiences out into the world.

Oh well… at least I thought I did. What actually happened, most of the time I was posting things like; ‘Look how much fun I’m having with my friends this weekend!’. And I wasn’t the only one.

I wasted a loooootttt of time scrolling down the timelines of my family, friends, classmates, colleagues and other fellow social media users and read all the happy posts that they posted. That was it, just reading, and maybe giving it a thumbs up. It was entertainment but not social.

“Instagram is used by people that just want to show off their happy and successful Instagram life”

Show off your #happyness

When going to Art school, there was a general negative opinion about social media. People hated the ‘one way’ of communication and were struggling whether to delete their Facebook accounts and go totally offline or not.

In their view (and at the time also in mine), social media is used by people that just want to show off their #happy and #successful Instagram life.

Of course, that kind of people exists and still do, but I’ve come to realize that social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram can be waaaaaayyy more than that! BUT it’s entirely up to you how you use it!

“There’s this whole community of people that are really connecting and supportive to each other!”

Join the Community

There’s this whole community of people that are really connecting and supportive to each other! And as it turns out, there is a community for every interest, niche, profession, opinion, statement etcetera etcetera.

If you don’t like the way how some people use the platforms and you get reeeaally bored of all the #foodselfies, know that there’s this whole other world of Instagram with people that definitely post things that you’ll like and think is interesting! You just have to look it up and connect.

“I decided that it’s a bit weird to respond to their post because we haven’t talk in ages”

The thing that makes Social Media Social
That said I also noticed how easy it is to just look at posts and not really connect. Sometimes I catch myself reading something on Facebook from a former classmate and it really gets me.
 
I want to respond to their post but then realize we didn’t talk in years. I decided that maybe it’s a bit weird to respond to their post because we haven’t talked in ages. But guess what, it’s not! Isn’t that the ‘thing’ about Facebook and Instagram? The ‘thing’ that makes social media actually social!
 
 
It’s not weird
When I post something on my IG story or even on my timeline, I really love it when I get a response, especially when it’s from someone that I don’t speak daily. It gives you the feeling that people care enough and even take the time to respond! (Plus, it’s a nice conversation starter! 😋)
 
I never EVER think ‘oh, that’s weird that she commented on my post’ I think ‘wow, so nice to hear from you!’ So that got me thinking. And from now on… When I see something on social media that get a reaction out of me, I’ll just give it a comment, no matter who it is!
 
Let’s make social media social again!
 
 
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